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Ecuador has first same-sex marriage, following court ruling

July 18, 2019
Michelle Aviles, right, and her partner Alexandra Chavez, center, get married at the Civil Registry in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Thursday, July 18, 2019. The same-sex couple became the first gay couple to marry in Ecuador after a recent decision by the Constitutional Court. (AP Photo)
Michelle Aviles, right, and her partner Alexandra Chavez, center, get married at the Civil Registry in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Thursday, July 18, 2019. The same-sex couple became the first gay couple to marry in Ecuador after a recent decision by the Constitutional Court. (AP Photo)

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A lesbian couple has married in Ecuador in the first same-sex wedding since a landmark ruling last month by the country’s highest court.

Michelle Avilés and Alexandra Chávez were wed Thursday at the civil registry office in the coastal city of Guayaquil. They say they will have a party to celebrate the occasion in November.

Avilés says she knows that some people disapprove of gay weddings, but that she and Chávez have a normal life like anyone else.

Civil registry official Andrea Albán oversaw the wedding and said several other same-sex couples are preparing to get married.

In June, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court granted two gay couples the right to marry following a lengthy legal battle.

About a half dozen Latin American nations have approved same-sex marriage.

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